I have a backyard bird feeder (two actually). At any one time there can be a dozen different species of birds in my yard. Some are full time residents. Some regular visitors. Some just pop by once in a while.
I have sat in my front deck and watched as Finches have eaten side by side with Magpies. As Lorikeets and Happy Jacks seem to talk to one another. From the tiniest little creatures, to big black Crows. And each time I wonder…. why aren’t we more like this.
Birds of all colours, shapes and sizes, co-existing… eating together… drinking together…. sharing the same bird bath.
I don’t know what they are thinking. I can’t read little birdie minds. But it seems to be that are displaying something that we humans still seem to have such trouble with. Acceptance.
It doesn’t seem to matter to the birds, if others have different coloured feathers. Or if they make different lifestyle choices. Happy Jacks hang around in dozens. I have a family of 5 Fairy Wren who permanently live off my back deck. Pale Headed Rosella seem to hang around in pairs. The Crow is usually a loner. But Galah’s are always in packs.
They all live differently, and yet they all co-exist.
More than co-exist… they co-operate.
I have seen smaller birds flicking the seed out of the small hanging feeder on to the ground, so bigger birds can access it. I have watched them almost line up waiting for their turn at the food. Even the carnivorous birds, who don’t eat the seed, hang around with the others in an almost social exercise. It’s breath-taking to watch.
And I think as human beings, there is SO much we could learn from this behaviour, if were only open minded and open hearted, enough to do so.